Thursday, October 24th, 2013
Nokia have always produced strong accessories, and their latest effort is definitely one of their best. It’s called the Portable Wireless Charging Plate DC-50, and it’s pretty much the only charging accessory you’ll ever need. The DC-50 isn’t just for Windows Phones, either – this killer accessory works with Android handsets like the Galaxy S4 and Nexus 5 as well.
So what exactly is the DC-50? Well, it’s a lot of things. Most importantly, it’s a Qi wireless charger. Place a compatible phone or tablet atop the charging plate, and you’ll experience easy and rapid charging. This works with devices that come with Qi wireless charging built in, as well as those with accessories that add wireless charging capabilities (e.g. the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy S4).
The DC-50 also works as a portable battery pack, with a capacity of 2400 mAh. That’s enough to fully recharge most mobiles, doubling your potential battery life. As well as providing wireless charging on the go, you can also charge wired-only handsets using a standard USB cable. That means basically every phone, tablet and accessory can be charged by the Nokia Portable Wireless Charging Plate.
This is also probably the most stylish charger I’ve ever seen, and it’s available in the standard friendly range of Nokia colours – including cyan (shown above), yellow, red and white. Where other chargers are boring and clunky, the DC-50 is fresh and fun.
This awesome Nokia accessory was announced at Nokia World earlier this week, and will be available at Mobile Fun in the near future. This is definitely the ideal Nokia Lumia 1520 charger, and it’s great for so many other phones as well.
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Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013
We’re happy to announce that we will be stocking the Nokia Lumia 1520, unlocked and sim-free, here at Mobile Fun.
If you didn’t read the announcement post yesterday, the Lumia 1520 is new Windows Phone that’s a lot different than what we’ve seen before, both from Microsoft and from Nokia.
The Lumia 1520 is a 6″ phablet, similar in size to the Galaxy Note 3, HTC One Max and Xperia Z Ultra. The 1080p resolution screen looks gorgeous, with that extra space put to good use – you’ll have a third column of live tiles on the home screen, and much more screen real estate in all apps. Like the Lumia 720, the phone is available in a bunch of great colours, including yellow, red, white and black. This is the very first phablet that Nokia has produced, but the Finnish team’s flair for design has kept them in good stead here.
The 1520 has some killer hardware specifications to match that big design, with a Snapdragon 800 processor, 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage. It’s the most powerful Windows Phone ever, and finally allows Windows Phone to stand up to the very best of Android.
Photography is also a big focus for the Lumia 1520. On the back you’ll find a 20 megapixel PureView camera, which is better than almost anything else on the maret – apart from Nokia’s own designated cameraphone, the Lumia 1020, with its 41 megapixel sensor. This camera is paired with a new app, which allows you to refocus shots after you’ve taken them, just like the innovative Lytro camera. It’s a cool effect, and definitely opens the door to even more photographic opportunities.
The Lumia 1520 is an amazing phone, and we can’t wait to give it a try ourselves! We don’t yet have a firm price or release date, but we’re expecting this premium device to be available just in time for the winter holidays.
For more information and to pre-order the phone, check out our product page linked below. Thanks for reading the article and have a good week!
Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013
The final Lumia announced by Nokia today is a budget phone, the Lumia 1320. Like its elder brother the Lumia 1520, the phablet sports a 6-inch display, but with lowered specifications to hit a much lower price point. Let’s take a look.
The Lumia 1320 looks very similar to the Lumia 1520 – it’s difficult to tell the two apart from the front, although on the back you can see the difference between the larger PureView camera of the 1520 and standard 5 megapixel unit of the 1320. What is more noticeable is the scale of this phone – it is much larger than any other Lumia we’ve seen before, and definitely requires two hands for optimal use. The design is similar to other Lumias, with rounded corners and a nice feeling unibody chassis. The phone comes in orange, yellow, black and white.
The Lumia 1320 isn’t as much of a powerhouse as the Lumia 1520, but thanks to the low demands of Windows Phone, it still operates slickly. You’ll find a dual-core Snapdragon 400 processor, a 720p display and 1 GB of RAM. On the camera front, you’ll have the five megapixel rear-facer I mentioned earlier, along with a VGA camera on the front for video chatting.
Like the 1520, the Lumia 1320 runs the latest release of Windows Phone, GDR3. That includes support for the third column of live tiles, as well as other small improvements in areas like multi-tasking, driving and rotation lock.
There are no unique accessories for the Lumia 1320, as we saw with the other two Lumias announced today, but there will of course be the standard range of Lumia 1320 cases and covers, as well as other 1320 accessories.
The Lumia 1320 will launch in China and Vietnam first, but is expected to be launched worldwide before Christmas. The phone is much cheaper than the 1520 – $339 versus $749 – and therefore could be a bit hit with budget-conscious consumers.
Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013
This morning at Nokia World in Abu Dhabi, our favourite Finnish firm freed its first phablet: the Lumia 1520. After our initial examination of all three announcements earlier this morning, we’ll now take a closer look at this extraordinary phone.
The Lumia 1520 is significantly larger than the Lumia 1020, Nokia’s most recent flagship. The phone is dominated by a six-inch 1080p screen, with familiar polycarbonate unibody trappings surrounding it. Like past Lumia phones, the 1520 will be available in some eye-catching colour options: yellow, black, white and black. On the back, you’ll see a camera that’s noticeably smaller than the 41 megapixel monster of the Lumia 1020, although the PureView branding remains.
This is the most powerful Windows Phone ever. The 1080p display is a good place to back up that claim, with the superior size allowing a third column of tiles on the start screen. It also has the fastest processor ever included on a Windows Phone – a Snapdragon 800 quad-core unit, running at 2.2 GHz. Paired with 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of storage, microSD support and a 3,400 mAh battery, and you’ve got a veritable titan on your hands. For the first time, the best of Windows Phone is on par with the most advanced Android flagships.
The Lumia 1520 runs the latest version of Windows Phone, so-called GDR3. The update noticeably adds support for the quad-core processor and 1080p screen of the phone, but also includes improvements to multi-tasking, driving mode and hundreds of other minor tweaks and improvements.
The Lumia 1520′s unique accessory is the CP-623 Protective Cover. In a nod to the phablet’s role as a media consumption device, the official Lumia 1520 case is a flip cover that can either protect the screen, or be flipped back and folded into a stand for landscape viewing. Of course, we should also see a wide range of Lumia 1520 accessories of other kinds as well.
The Lumia 1520 closes a big gap in the Windows Phone lineup, and should serve as the platform’s flagship phone for the next couple of months, at least. If you’ve been waiting for a powerful Windows Phone, this is the one to get. The 1520 will ship in the UK by the holidays, at a price of around $749 sim-free.
Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013
Today in an event in Abu Dhabi, Nokia unveiled three new Lumia phones and tablets, including some major firsts for the company. Below you’ll find a brief summary of each new device, as well as a link to a longer article with much more information. Nokia have done well here, so take a look!
The Lumia 2520 is the first Nokia tablet, and it looks just as you’d expect – a scaled up 10-inch version of one of their colourful Lumia Windows Phones. The tablet runs Windows RT 8.1, meaning it won’t run old Windows applications but it does come with Office pre-installed. The specifications are consistent with other recent Windows RT tablets, including a fast quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor and a beautiful 10.1-inch 1080p screen. The Lumia 2520 will cost $499, while a dock that includes a keyboard and battery will run an extra $150. The whole packages is well designed, with the polycarbonate unibody design that’s proved popular on the Lumia handsets looking equally well suited in its new larger size. The Lumia 2520 will be available before Christmas in the UK.
Read the full article here!
The Lumia 1520 is another enlarged Windows Phone, with a 6-inch 1080p display. This makes it the largest Windows Phone ever, and also the first to be announced with a full HD resolution. That extra screen space unlocks a third column of live tiles, and of course also provides a roomier experience when running apps. The 1520 includes a 20 megapixel PureView camera, which should be less capable than the phenomenal 1020, but still better than any other camera on the market. The phone will come with a unique Lumia 1520 cover that folds into a stand, like Apple’s Smart Cover. The phone will be available in yellow, red, white and black in the UK before the end of the year.
Read the full article here!
The final Lumia announced today was the Lumia 1320, a budget version of the Lumia 1520. It also comes with a six-inch screen, but this time the resolution is 720p instead of 1080p. The cameras have also been downgraded to a 5 megapixel unit on the back and a VGA camera on the front, a far cry from the PureView of the more expensive model. Finally, the phone includes a low-end Snapdragon 400 processor that still offers good performance. There aren’t any unique accessories for the Lumia 1320, but we’ll be selling the usual array of third-party cases, chargers and all the rest. The big selling point of the 1320 is its price – it should be available for $339 sim-free, giving it one of the best screen-size-to-cost ratios ever for a Windows Phone. Like the 1520, it’ll be available in the UK by the holiday season.
Read the full article here!
If you’re a Windows Phone and/or Lumia fan, there’s a lot to be excited about from today’s announcements. The Lumia 1520 looks like a strong handset to close out the end of the year, while the Lumia 2520 tablet and Lumia 1320 budget phablet offer some intriguing new possibilities in the market.